Campbell accused of yelling at Salford staff and children

02:28, May 31 2014

Former Salford School principal Marlene Campbell has been accused of yelling at staff and children.

On the final day of an Employment Relations Authority hearing yesterday, commissioner Nicola Hornsey, who dismissed Campbell, said it was not a decision taken lightly.

The school was put under statutory management in November 2012 after an Education Review Office report noted staffing issues at the school.

Campbell was suspended a year later before being dismissed by Hornsey this year.

Closing submissions were heard yesterday by lawyer Scott Wilson, appearing for the commissioner, and Campbell's lawyer Fiona McMillan.

Wilson said Campbell's dismissal was not a step the commissioner took lightly and was after a comprehensive and thorough employment investigation and disciplinary process.


She was dismissed because of behaviours she allowed to occur and behaviours she was responsible for, he said.

She was found to have behaved in an inappropriate manner towards staff and children, including yelling, Wilson said.

"If you put her back into that school the same behaviours will continue to apply."

McMillan said most of the behaviour alleged was denied.

Campbell was aware there were issues in the school and had suggested an action plan for dealing with those issues, she said.

Several allegations made by staff members against Campbell had not been put to her for response before she was dismissed, McMillan said.

In her closing submissions, McMillan also pointed to the humiliation, hurt feelings and the considerable toll the situation had on Campbell.

She had a distinguished career, which had been taken away from her in a public manner, McMillan said.

Authority member Mike Loftus has reserved his decision.

The Southland Times